?Are you attending the San Diego Comic Convention next week, or do you wish you could? Then your soul will burn in hell for all eternity — at least according to the batshit insane congregants of the Westboro Baptist Church. Led by Reverend Fred Phelps, the church will actually take the time to protest SDCC from 1:15 to 2pm on Thursday the 22nd. Why? I’ll let this quote from Phelps explain:
“Are you kidding?! If these people would spend even some of the energy that they spend on these comic books, reading the Bible, well no high hopes here. They have turned comic book characters into idols, and worship them they do! Isaiah 2:8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: 9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not. It is time to put away the silly vanities and turn to God like you mean it. The destruction of this nation is imminent – so start calling on Batman and Superman now, see if they can pull you from the mess that you have created with all your silly idolatry.”
Because, as we all know you can not dress as a comic book character, buy a toy of a comic book character, or read a story about a comic book character without worshiping that character as a god. It’s an impossibility to enjoy fiction without believing those characters are the creators of the universe which we must acknowledge through prayer and worship (I remember the time I was young and watching Sesame Street, and killed my pet rabbit in the name of Super Grover. Kids sacrifice the darnedest things!).
I’m not trying to diss all religion here, but there are so many real problems in the world I find acts of zealotry like these phenomenally stupid and awful. Plus, the fact that this is such a grave evil they’re going to spend 45 whole minutes on Comi-con’s least busy day is especially infuriating. Thanks to Nerd Bastards for both the tip and the pic.